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The PPC is the equivalent of the Pentium chip from intel in terms of performance and speed.
True, though most definitely not in terms of complexity - RISC architectures like the ARM and PPC presumably do not impose overly taxing demands on the overall resources within an FPGA, probably much less so than anything x86-related..
While the gate count ultimately speaks to the potential design complexity, you don't need to reproduce the hardware at a gate level.. you just need to be able to reproduce the correct results. I'm not sure how Hardware Description Languages (HDL's) and FPGA's hold up against Moore's law- but it seems to me that FPGA cores are really just hardware emulation layers.. so transistor count / performance may be way different.
Also, later Intel chips are not exclusively CISC.. there is a lot of RISC concepts swirled into the design as well. Like I said, if you can emulate it well enough.. why worry about the "gate level" details?
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